As part of efforts to contain acts of insurgency in the North East and secure the entire area for the forthcoming general elections, the National Information Centre (NIC) says it has intelligence reports which indicate a considerable movement of Boko Haram recruits from locations such as Geidam, Mairi and Dupcha (all in Borno State) to training camps within the general area.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Coordinator of the Centre, Mr Mike Omeri said previous major attacks by insurgents, including the siege on Bama and Monguno military bases, were preceded by such massing up of fighters in training camps within the proposed targets.
Mr Omeri however added that the Nigerian military forces have been fully mobilised and deployed against the insurgents, who are being chased and roundly subdued.
He advised members of the public to exercise a high level of vigilance and also support the effort of the military to ensure hitch-free elections and a return to normalcy in the North East.
“We urge the public to exercise a high level of vigilance and support the military to ensure hitch-free elections and a return to normalcy in the general area, soonest.
“We also seize this opportunity to restate government’s commitment to keeping the country and its citizens safe from those who seek to destroy the nation,’’ he said.
Mr Omeri also called on the civil society organisations and politicians to refrain from “disruptive and inciting statements’’.